Is Anyone Still Watching
Detroit 1-8-7?

Things are not looking good for my not-so-secret favorite new show. Last night’s episode of Detroit 1-8-7 pulled in only 5 million viewers—its lowest of the season. But I thought the episode was as solid as ever. Am I the only one who's still watching this terrific show?

Because I shouldn't be. Here are five reasons to add Detroit 1-8-7 to your Tuesday-night TV-watching lineup:

1. Michael Imperioli
Even though his Detroit 1-8-7 character, Detective Louis Fitch, is on the opposite side of the law from The Sopranos' Christopher Moltisanti, Imperioli is no less compelling. Fitch is a great cop and a “fascinatingly odd” man, the details of whom we’re learning bit by tiny bit.

2. The music
Detroit best known for Motown—but Bob Seger, Alice Cooper, Eminem, the White Stripes, and Kid Rock also got their starts in Motor City. Detroit 1-8-7 is well aware of the Detroit’s musical history, and incorporates several local tunes into each episode.

3. The dynamic cop duos
I’m not just talking about Longford (James McDaniel) and Mahajan (Shaun Majumder), though those two seem like they’ve been friends for 20 years. There’s also the veteran-new recruit pairing of Fitch and Washington (Jon Michael Hill) and the URSTy Stone (D.J. Cotrona) and Sanchez (Natalie Martinez).

4. The slow release of information
Instead of telling us right away that Fitch is divorced and has a son named Bobby, Detroit 1-8-7 first let on that he was lonely. Then we saw him warm up to Washington’s infant son. After that, a few of the cops caught a glimpse of a photo in his wallet. Finally, he uttered Bobby’s name—while on the phone with his ex-wife.

5. The imperfections
Cops screw up in real life—and so do the cops on this show. They can’t run as fast as the men they’re chasing, they fumble with their handcuffs, they screw up interrogations, and they are not at all eloquent during press conferences. They’re also enforcing the law in a run-down, high-crime city—and Detroit 1-8-7 takes care not to cover up even the least-flattering shots of Detroit.


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I love this show and watch it every week! Don't ever miss an episode...why does ABC keep pre-empting it! Please renew this program! One of the best on TV nowadays that shows real life!
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YES! I love this show. I really like Michael Imperioli's character because he's so odd. And that goes for the other characters as well, they have flaws and weaknesses. Great job on casting and character development! I believe this is the best cop show I've seen since NYPD Blue, which was also on ABC. **Now if ABC will stop preempting it to air episodes of 20/20 I'll be set.**
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I watch the show and find it really great. Hopefully ABC will not cancel it, although it's hard to say since there are only 3 more episodes left, and the next show is in March. With only 5 million viewers and low ratings, it's tough to save this show.
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I love this show! the slow release of information is -for me- the best.
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I love this show. I gave it a try expecting not to like it and not interested in Michael Imperioli, and both have won me over. He is truly playing a different character here, not just the nicer version of his Soprano's character. It makes me respect him more as an actor than I had previously given him credit for. When it comes down to it, it's his character and the writing for it that make me hope against hope that this show gets another chance. Fitch is one of the few new characters this season that I give a flip about and want to see how he develops. Especially now that Terriers is gone :( By the way, he is sort of the male version of The Closer in that he is the one who really knows how to run an interrogation.
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Of course, I'll be crazy not to watch.
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I still watch, it's a good show. Notthing special, but if you have a spare hour worth watching. The character development is excellent.
Hope it gets a second season as this is one of the rare decent shows of 2010.
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"Detroit 1-8-7 has become nothing more than a liberal self parody show."


You need a hug.
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The show is fine, but even if I was in the market for a new show to love, crime dramas have been DONE TO DEATH, and yeah, love Michael Imperioli, but not enough to spend an hour a week watching him chase criminals around in Detroit, sorry.
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Loooove the show!
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Detroit 1-8-7 has become nothing more than a liberal self parody show.
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I did not watch the last episode. I even told myself i was done with Detroit 187. But reading this made me feel like giving it another chance. So thanks i guess.
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*raises hand* I'm still watching the show.
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Love this show and I hate that it hasn't built an audience like it deserves. This is one of a couple of shows that brought me back to network tv this year, and I fear that it won't survive past the first season.
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I really like this show (which usually means it's doomed); and I think Imperioli is fantastic. I really like his character.
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there is no urst between stone and sanchez. They already "released that tension" Case closed.
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I never miss an episode
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Love this show. The Event was the one I was most anticipating ahead of time, but this is the one which has become my favorite.
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I love this show!! The story's, the characters, everything mentioned above are what makes this show so great!!
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